%%Stop changing the names of the Makaiju aliens to "Ail and Ann". Those are fan made-up names. Their names are "Al and En." See http://www.genvid.com/diesgaudii/articles/al-en/index.html.

Here are tropes found in both the anime and manga versions of ''Manga/SailorMoon''.
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[[folder: Tropes A-F]]
* ActionGirl: Pretty much all of the Sailor Guardians, really. This is actually one of the main points of the series.
** DangerouslyShortSkirt: Each of the {{Action Girl}}s have one.
* AgeIsRelative: Despite great variations in their appearance, most of the senshi are aged within a year of each other, with any grade differences being a product of also being transfer students. This is obscured the fact artists draw Haruka and Michiru as much older looking than the other characters, who gushed about how mature they seemed. TheNineties anime even poked fun at the idea that Haruka's hobby of car driving doesn't really make legal sense.
* AliensAndMonsters: Throughout the series' entire run.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Or Japanese, as the case may be.
* AlienAbduction: Crimson Rubeus, Prince Demand and Wiseman of the Black Moon Clan, aliens from the planet Nemesis, succeed in abducting multiple protagonists with some variation by medium.
** In the Black Moon arc of the manga, three of the Sailor Senshi (Sailors Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter) are captured by Rubeus; only Sailor Venus and Sailor Moon remain. Eventually, Sailor Moon is captured as well when she is teleported from Crystal Tokyo to Planet Nemesis. There, Demand tries to {{brainwash|ed}} her with his "third eye", but fails, and they soon free themselves en masse, only to have Wiseman kidnap Moon's young charge, Chibi-Usa, to successfully brainwash her for his own purposes.
** In ''Sailor Moon R'', Crimson Rubeus captures all the Sailor Senshi except Sailor Moon, who frees them after defeating Rubeus. In a later episode, Prince Demand captures Sailor Moon and tries to brainwash her into being his bride, but Tuxedo Mask intervenes and saves her. One episode later, Wiseman kidnaps Chibi-Usa as in the manga.
%%** In the ''R'' season's Makaiju arc, Al and En.
* AmazonBrigade: The Sailor Senshi, the Amazones Quartet.
* AmnesiacLover: Endymion/Mamoru in season 2.
* AmusingInjuries: There's a {{slapstick}} routine in Act[=/=]Episode 1 involving Usagi trying to "Sailor V kick" [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling Shingo]] for irritating her just after she got booted from the house for failing a test. Usagi misses and kicks the closed door, then clutches her [[AgonyOfTheFeet foot in pain]] and melodramatically wails to be let in.
* AnachronismStew: The names of the planets in our solar system were given to them well into recorded history, and relatively arbitrarily at that. The senshi, on the other hand, have been around for eons. It really makes no sense that a senshi's powers would be based on the powers of a deity her planet was named after ''long'' after she came into being.
** In the manga, all the Senshi have ancient castles named after moons belonging to their respective planets; the exceptions are Mercury and Venus, whose castles are named after ''American spacecraft'' sent to probe those planets in the latter half of the 20th century...
*** One possible explanation is that the myths and Roman names came from Sailor Senshi.
*** There's a theory which handwaves the anachronisms via Sailor Pluto and her father.
** The Soldier's powers being based on the deity the planet was named after only applies to Jupiter's lightening attacks and Venus' love-based attacks. All the other Soldiers have attacks based on the Japanese name for the planet. For example, Mercury in Japanese is Suisei, which literally means "water star." Hence, Sailor Mercury has water-based attacks.
*** Venus and Jupiter DO have the name-themed attacks as well though. For Jupiter, it's plants. (Flower Hurricane, Coconut Cyclone) Venus has Metal(Venus Love-Me chain, Wink Chain Sword, Manga version of Love and Beauty Shock.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Usagi's younger brother Shingo (Sammy in the English dub). Later, Chibi-Usa.
** Shingo's more of an aversion really, most of their problems are caused by his sister and despite their bickering he's shown to care quite deeply for her. One episode even showed that he was fairly well-liked amongst Usagi's friends, which is impressive given their exasperation with her sometimes.
* AsLongAsThereIsEvil: [[spoiler: Chaos. In the manga, as long as stars are born, Chaos will continue to be reborn as well. In the anime, it simply returns to the heart of all humans.]]
* ArtEvolution: One of the most notable examples is Shingo, who is one of the few characters to visibly ''age'' between seasons. He starts out drawn much like other children are in anime and manga with short limbs and very rounded features. Later on he looks (appropriately) more like a pre-teen, he's had something of a growth spurt (making him only slightly shorter than his sister) and his face has lengthened too. As a general example for everyone else, compare [[http://www.bestcosplay.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/4_1073817_faa017dfca872e1.jpg this screenshot of Sailor Moon herself]] from Season 1 to [[http://img.youtube.com/vi/dIDXnD2OeIk/0.jpg this one]] from Season 4.
** Part of this may be due to an undefined timeline, particularly due to two major continuity hiccups which occur in the show. To complicate matters, the anime, which was produced over 5 years, seems to only really take place over the course of three years. Which three years is hard to say as an onscreen date, printed on a visible newspaper in season 1 says it's 1992, while a similar date in Stars says 1996.
* AuthorAppeal: Naoko Takeuchi likes space (the entire friggin' concept), jewelery (most obvious in the villains' ThemeNaming), and {{Cool Car}}s (Nephrite and Haruka).
* BackFromTheDead: Done as a reset button. This is only vaguely defined and downplayed in the show for the sake of tension. However, healing powers up to and including esurrection is one of Sailor Moon's principal abilities in the manga, so much so that the Senshi actually plan to have [[spoiler: Sailor Saturn]] kill everyone on earth, just so Sailor Moon can bring back everyone ''but'' the bad guys. This is also played with at the end of the First, Second and Fifth story arc.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Usagi and Mamoru initially meet when she hits Mamoru in the head with a test paper, leading to Mamoru insulting her test score and Usagi screaming at how much she hates him. This progressed in both to rather heated meetings, though it became quickly clear the characters were developing an attraction to each other. This was drawn out much longer in the anime, and each encounter even had its own theme music. In both mediums, however, Usagi and Mamoru eventually realized they were not only Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask, who share a more tender and heroic relationship in combat, but also learn they were lovers in the distant past as Princess Serenity and Prince Endymion. Unlike a great deal of these examples, the tension is actually ''resolved'' rather early in the series and the drama with the pair after that comes from outside forces trying to force them apart.
** Played with in the fifth season of the anime, where Seiya (who is on the receiving end) assumes this is what Usagi does when she's attracted to someone before realizing she's not interested in him.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Most notably Mamoru as Prince Endymion in Season One. In the manga it's somewhat of a recurring theme for him. In the manga, the original QuirkyMinibossSquad of the Dark Kingdom also falls into this.
** And in the manga, [[spoiler: Amazoness Quartet and, in the final arc, just about every character from the present, except Usagi]].
*** Notably, in the anime victims always manage to break out of this. In the manga, not nearly.
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: "[Planet] [Something] Power, Make-up!" The dub usually just took off the "Make-up!", but sometimes you got things like "Moon Cosmic Dream Action!"
* CallingYourAttacks: All the Sailor Senshi. They don't ''have'' to call out their attack names (we know that because they don't always do it), but they usually say the name. Theories on why vary.
** The dub also gives multiple names to single attacks. For example Sailor Moon's finishing attack in R (Moon Princess Halation) has 3 different names in the dub:
*** ''Moon Scepter Elimination'' (episodes 45-65 and 83)
*** ''Moon Scepter Activation'' (episodes 66-82)
*** ''Moon Princess Elimination'' (R movie)
* CantCatchUp: [[BadassDecay Poor Mamoru]]. Let's just say there's no Super/Eternal Tuxedo Mask. Not shockingly, he gets kidnapped/killed a ''lot''.
** Justified in that Mamoru is technically just a human while the senshi are HumanAliens.
* CastSpeciation
* CatsAreMagic: The characters find out they are Sailor Senshi with magic powers because two talking cats with crescent moons on their foreheads, Artemis and Luna, appear to inform them and guide them as they try to save the world. They can even make magical items appear by doing backflips.
* ChandlersLaw: The introduction of Chibi-Usa. The series was initially planned to end after it's first arc. How was it extended? By a little girl falling from the sky and aiming a gun at Usagi. It was more pronounced in the manga, where the scene was a {{Cliffhanger}} ending.
* ChastityCouple: Haruka and Michiru
* TheChosenMany: It turns out there are Senshi all over the galaxy! Heck, there's even a Sailor ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Galaxia]]''!
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: The Sailor's fuku.
* CombinedEnergyAttack: "Sailor Teleport", "Sailor Planet Attack"
* CrossOver: See {{Rule 34}}. Cross with Anime/DragonBallZ.
* CrypticBackgroundReference: ''[=StarS=]'' is ''made'' of this trope. The anime teases you to a degree with the idea of there being countless senshi and planets out there; the manga offers you brief glimpses of alien worlds, including one where the inhabitants apparently have fish for heads. Not fish heads, ''fish for heads.''
* DeathIsCheap: One of Sailor Moon's powers is explicitly resurrection, so expect main characters to die at least once per storyline. This is more prevalent in the manga than in the anime; in the latter, Sailor Moon cannot really control this power, so the Senshi tend to die a lot less often.
* DebutQueue: Done much faster in the manga (and ''Crystal'', for that matter) in which four of the six chapters in the initial volume are dedicated to introduce one Senshi each. The original anime, on the other hand, took its time, introducing Ami only in the sixth episode, for example.
* {{Determinator}} and PluckyGirl: Usagi might serve as a poster girl for this trope. Other Sailor Senshi and Tuxedo Mask have remarkable HeroicWillpower as well.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Beryl, Demand, Mistress 9 and Sailor Galaxia.
* DistressedDude: Poor, poor Tuxedo Mask. Does not help, that female {{Big Bad}}s [[spoiler: except anime Galaxia]] seem to be fixated on turning him into their lapdog. [[spoiler: Manga Galaxia forces him to kiss her boots, then kills him again. Just to mess with Usagi.]]
* DressCodedForYourConvenience: The villains always have a unique theme to their clothing style for each group. The good guys tend to look roughly the same.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Sometimes, as in the S movie where Ami's water attacks (More specifically, attacks that result in ice instead of water) do nothing to the ice-powered villain; sometimes not.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: Princess Serenity typically appeared during final battles.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Looms as a threat every damn arc/season. Actually happens a few times. The last season involved this for the ''entire Milky Way galaxy''. After the final battle, only Sailor Moon is left alive in both versions. (In the anime, the Starlights and Galaxia also survive; in the manga, Chibimoon and the Sailor Quartetto come from the future and also live.) The entire galaxy gets better, though.
* EpilepticTrees: An in-universe example, when Chibichibi first appeared the inner senshi began spinning a theory the minute they met her that she was Usagi and Mamoru's second daughter from the future who got jealous from hearing about Chibi-usa's adventures in the past and decided to go back to have a few of her own, which was promptly {{jossed}} by Setsuna showing up. The manga version has this jossed by Queens of the Silver Millenum only being able to have one daughter and Chibi-usa josses it being her daughter stating she didn't feel any connection to [=ChibiChibi=].
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: There's Princess Serenity, and in the manga and English dub, the inner senshi are all princesses as well. The Outers are also Princesses in the manga. Technically speaking, every series of senshi throughout the galaxy has a ''true'' princess they protect.
** ''The author'' often refers to herself as "Princess Naoko."
* EvilPlan: Each BigBad in the rotation has their own plan to drive their season but they all involve collecting {{Macguffin}}s like {{mana}} or {{Heart Drive}}s from humans.
* ExtraStrengthMasquerade
* FacialMarkings: Common across many characters.
* FairytaleWeddingDress: The dresses in the "Wedding Day Blues"/"Dream of a White Dress" episode.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler: The cats]] in the manga, [[spoiler: Sailor Venus]] in the anime. They get better.
** Or did they? [[spoiler: The cats are never seen again after their death scene in the manga.]]
** Who are we kidding? All the deaths are rather unpleasant. [[spoiler: Mercury falls into a volcano, for Pete's sake.]]
** The manga had bad guys and innocent people alike are killed in rather horrifying manners. Flesh melting off of bones, anyone?
* {{Fanservice}}
* FiveManBand: The Sailor Team. There are two {{Sixth Ranger}}s.[[note]]Chibi-Usa the TagalongKid and Mamoru the MysteriousProtector.[[/note]]
** TheLeader: Usagi/Moon
** TheLancer: In the anime, Rei/Mars. In the manga, Minako/Venus.
** TheSmartGuy: Ami/Mercury
** TheBigGuy: Makoto/Jupiter
** TheHeart: Minako/Venus, who is also TheLancer in the manga.
** PluckyComicRelief: Chibi-Usa/Chibi-Moon
*** [=ChibiChibi=] was arguably one of these too as she was frequently by Sailor Moon's side while the latter was fighting crime.
*** In the comic, [[spoiler: Chibiusa has her own FiveManBand in the future: Chibiusa/Chibimoon, Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta]]
** TheOneGuy: Mamoru/Tuxedo Mask. Later, the Outer Senshi.
** {{Team Pet}}s: Luna, then also Artemis, then also Diana
*** The series arguably subverts this. Venus is TheAce and is initially thought to be TheHero, but then Franchise/SailorMoon is revealed to be both TheChick and the main hero, as well as a MessianicArchetype.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Usagi is ditzy, fun-loving and lazy, while her younger brother Shingo is much smarter and more responsible.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In both the manga and anime, Chibi-Usa wants to make a copy of a grail she once saw in her mother's room out of clay as a school project. In the manga she's actually called out on this and asked if it was something Sailor Moon used for an attack, but Chibi-Usa doesn't know. What she ends up creating eventually turns out to be a replica of the Holy Grail, the object Sailor Moon uses to become Super Sailor Moon.
* ForgottenPhlebotinum: This happens in both incarnations early on.
** In the first chapter of the manga, Sailor Moon can use her mask as a SpiderSense to see that Naru is in trouble. The anime adaptation of this story showed the jewels in her hair blinking and projecting Naru's cries for help, alerting her to the same circumstances. Despite how obviously useful this is, neither ability appears again.
** The Disguise Pen only made a handful of appearances before being phased out early. The disguises themselves were usually not that necessary, though they did always turn Usagi into ''adult'' bodies, making it useful when she needed to slip into certain situations that required authority a teenage girl doesn't have. By Sailor Moon R (and the Black Moon arc of the manga), it was gone entirely as plots requiring this element were dropped. The Pen's final (and most memorable) appearence was in an episode in Sailor Moon S in which Sailor Venus used it to dress up as Sailor Moon.
** Episode 5 of the anime showed Usagi using a skill called "Moon Tiara Stardust" that recycled the stock animation of her normal attack, but the effect allowed her to heal children possessed by the monster of the day. This power only showed up once, and by the time she was needed to heal humans again, she used the newly-acquired Moon Stick (which unlike "Moon Tiara Stardust" did actually show up in the manga.)
* FourIsDeath: The four Shitennou, the four Ayakashi Sisters, the first four of the Witches 5, the Amazoness Quartet, and the four members of Shadow Galactica under Galaxia (in the anime only - the manga had more).
** If one considers all Sailor Senshi in ''Sailor Moon S'' and ''Sailor Moon Super S'' not introduced before to be Outer Senshi, then Sailor Saturn is literally death.
* FrillyUpgrade: Contributes to the image. Eternal Sailor Moon takes this trope to ''ridiculous'' levels. At least Super Sailor Moon looked nice.
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[[folder: Tropes G-M]]
* GenrePopularizer / TropeCodifier: For the MagicalGirlWarrior genre, though CuteyHoney and DevilHunterYohko [[OlderThanTheyThink predate it]].
* GiantWaistRibbon: Averted (bows are too small to count) until the FrillyUpgrade kicks in.
* AGodAmI: Happens a lot, at least once in every season. Beryl, Metaria, Wiseman, Mistress 9, Nehellenia, and Galaxia all increase their power to god status. Of course, they each get defeated by the Sailor Senshi. Subverted in that (in the anime) Esmeraude ''tried'' to become a godlike queen, using a crown that Wiseman gave her. Had she realized Wiseman deceitfully rendered the crown to turn the wearer into a mighty dragon, she probably wouldn't have taken it.
* {{Gotterdammerung}}: The final confrontation in the battle that ended the Moon Kingdom was a fight between an EldritchAbomination and an effective demigod. The result was the death of every living thing on the Moon - including the demigod - and the abomination becoming SealedEvilInACan.
* GrandFinale: Notably, the conclusion of the 1st arc was supposed to be this as the latter four seasons/arcs were not initially intended. The anime for example ends Season 1 with a [[spoiler: KillEmAll ending. Obviously everyone got better for Season 2.]]
** The manga ending for the entire series is this in spades. It ends with Mamoru and Usagi's long awaited wedding, with all the main Sailor Senshi in attendance, sans Chibi Usa [[spoiler: (unless you count the implication that she's already been conceived)]].
* GratuitousEnglish: And Greek, Latin, French, and Portuguese. Most of the ByThePowerOfGreyskull and CallingYourAttacks.
* HairColors: Ami has [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue hair]]. Setsuna and Michiru have different shades of green and Chibi-Usa's is pink (which is odd, when you consider that Mamoru is a brunette with blue highlights and Usagi is blonde). The hair colors aren't just metaphors either. Chibi-Usa's hair color is lampshaded several times.
* HandBlast: Sailor Venus' Crescent Beam emanates from her fingertip.
* HeroicSacrifice: Many of them.
* HeroSecretService
* HostageForMcGuffin: Attempted more than once by the villains. Sailor Moon always caves.
* HumanAliens: ''Lots'' of them, both good and bad.
* HumanResources: The show's first two arcs hinges on gathering human life force to feed a demonic force. Badiane's Black Dream Hole is powered by the "Sugar Energy" of sleeping children. See also AnatomyOfTheSoul under the Anime section.
** Depending on how liberal your view of the trope is, the harvesting of Heart Crystals in the second half of ''Sailor Moon S'', or collecting the Star Seeds in ''Stars'', may also count.
** Might want to count Al and En's harvesting of human energy in ''R'' in there too.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Usagi is a Type A, while Ami and Makoto are Type B. See the page for details.
** Also that Usagi/Super Sailor Moon is a MessianicArchetype, though that may not count.
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: Averted; aging for magical characters is more of a matter of one's magical development than actual physical aging, which leads to Chibi-Usa looking like a kid at 900 and Sailor Saturn aging [[PlotRelevantAgeUp as the plot demands]] rather than on a timetable.
* IntellectualPropertyReligion: [[http://serenitism.webs.com Serenitism.]]
* InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn: More than one series ends with Usagi as the last person standing and forced to finish the job herself.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: The TropeNamer
* InvisibleParents: Ami's mother, Minako's Parents and Rei's Father are never shown in the anime. They all appear in the manga at least once, though Minako's are restricted to the Sailor V manga.
* InvisibleToNormals: Nobody notices that Usagi looks ''exactly'' like Sailor Moon. Subverted in the manga, where (gasp) Usagi realizes that Haruka Tenoh and Sailor Uranus look ''exactly alike'', and calls Haruka out on it. Of course, this was mainly because Haruka kissed her in both identities and Usagi realized they had the same kiss - and realized that Haruka wasn't a man. In the manga, many people put two and two together faster. A handful of people figure out identities on their own in the anime - Minako's volleyball skills out her to an old friend. And while Shingo never recognizes Usagi and Sailor Moon to be one and the same, Usagi still hides from him when she appears as Sailor Moon.
** They do not really attempt to hide in the manga because they rarely appear in public (Sailor V and early-chapters Sailor Moon wore masks, so they could afford some open acting), and most of the villains can sense their powers anyway. Mamoru actually recognized Usagi as early as in Act 3, though not until Act 7 did Usagi finally recognize Mamoru. Later, Motoki recognized the girls out of costume. The anime, on the other hand, was very, very bad about this.
** On a smaller scale, Jadeite in the anime frequently shows up in front of Usagi without only the smallest attempt to disguise his appearance (i.e. wearing a hat or a pair of clear glasses)... and yet even after she's already met him, knows his real name, AND knows he's a bad guy, Usagi repeatedly fails to recognize him. He only attempts a proper disguise ''once'' (changing his hair and skin tone).
** Similarly, Nephrite only changes his clothes when on Earth. In ''his'' case, he tries to keep a low profile and adopts a human identity in Masato Sanjouin. However, Usagi meets him in his first episode in his human identity and both she and Naru see him later as Nephrite and immediately recognize him as the same person. From this point on, the Senshi recognize him in his human identity - though strangely, they never tell anyone about the murderous millionaire living on the hill.
** All four of the Ayakashi Sisters appear in both human identities and their actual identities in front of the main characters with the only difference being a change in clothes. No masks, nothing. Nobody ever recognizes them until they reveal themselves. Kooan in particular gets into Rei's shrine ''twice'', in front of her ''and'' Yuuichirou, and Rei never recognizes her as Kooan - ''even when she's seen Kooan in a human identity''.
** The anime gives some implication that there's some actual ClarkKenting letting the girls get away with being seen by everyone but only rarely recognized, but its not consistent. This could presumably explain why the villains can keep getting away with running around in public without anyone spotting them.
* {{Joshikousei}}: ''Sailor Moon'' is the patron saint of this trope.
* KewpieDollSurprise
* KidAppealCharacter: Two in the main cast - Ami was the TeenGenius of the Guardian Senshi, Chibi-Usa served as the Ankle Biter of the group when she joined the team as a Senshi after the Black Moon Arc. Chibi-Chibi has this to a greater extent in the anime.
* KissingUnderTheInfluence: Bad, ''bad'' Mamoru!
* LargeHam: The characters particularly shine when they make their InTheNameOfTheMoon speeches. A special award must be given to Professor Tomoe, who [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYeL4Ch0UiY randomly shatters a test tube while laughing hysterically]] over his lack of sex life (complete with spinning camera and over-the-top music).
* LateForSchool: Usagi. ''Always''.
** Averted in the second act in the Manga where she shows up on time for once, largely for the sole point of hearing about Ami's massive intellect.
* LeotardOfPower: Hence the numerous shots of the skirts flying up (all cut from the English dub of course).
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Serenity (either one) and Queen Beryl.
* TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday: The villains set these up all the time. The main characters never think to get suspicious.
* LivingMemory: The hologram of Queen Serenity.
* LivingRelic: The hologram of Queen Serenity. Possibly Sailor Pluto.
* LocalHangout: Game Center Crown, Fruits Parlor Crown
* MagicalGirl: Well, duh.
* MagicalGirlWarrior: Essentially spawned the entire genre and the archetypes used ever since.
* MagicMusic: In the anime, Al from the R series can summon his [[MonsterOfTheWeek Cardians]] by playing a flute. The Three Lights' songs in the Stars season also allow them to send mental messages to people - with the side effect in the manga of drawing the attention of enemies.
* [[TheManBehindTheMan The Woman Behind The Woman]]: Queen Metaria with Queen Beryl and Galaxia with Nehellina in Season 1 and Season 5 of the anime, respectively.
* MassHypnosis: In the first Act[=/=]episode, the MonsterOfTheWeek achieves this by disguising herself as a jewelry merchant and selling enchanted {{Hypno Trinket}}s that both enslave and drain the LifeEnergy of the wearer. At her command, a crowd of women assemble and attack Sailor Moon.
* MeaningfulName: Many, ''many'' characters have meaningful names. [[http://www.genvid.com/diesgaudii/site/art-ety001.html This is probably the best site to visit if you want to find out what they are.]]
* MidSeasonUpgrade: Usagi gaining the Silver Crystal, which powered up her Moon Healing Escalation in the first season, and gaining the Holy Grail which gave her a SuperMode, powering up her Moon Spiral Heart Attack into the Rainbow Moon Heart Ache in S.
** And in Stars, Chibi Chibi upgraded Eternal Sailor Moon's Starlight Honeymoon Therapy Kiss attack to Silver Moon Crystal Power Kiss.
*** A lesser example, the Inner Senshi gaining their [[SuperMode Super Forms]].
* MindControlEyes: Seen in any brainwashed character, particularly Mamoru. Those who had their Pure Hearts stolen or were trapped by the Dead Moon Circus also had them until rescued.
* MindRape: Dead Moon Circus did this to their victims in Super S. It's also how Chibi-Usa became Black Lady in R.
* MiniDressOfPower : A number of the female villains wear these.
* MirrorMoralityMachine: The anime has lots of them. Beryl's brainwashing pod for Endymon which failed to make him ''completely'' evil. And Wiseman's "dark energy bath thingy" used on Chibi-Usa to make her into Black Lady (Wicked Lady in the English dub), which again, was not absolute. Finally, existence-support bracers that Shadow Galactica members wear, which effect, surprise, surprise, also was successfully resisted by [[spoiler: Uranus and Neptune]] - not that it helped them any. Although the latter might be straight MindControl devices.
* MoodWhiplash: The series has a tendency to switch between lightheartedness, melodrama, and just plain silliness at the drop of a hat.
* MorningRoutine: Usagi waking up and rushing out of the house due to being late is a regular staple of the earlier episodes.
* {{Mukokuseki}}: Yyyyyep. One of the really famous examples. Our main cast - consisting of two strawberry blondes, a light brunette, a [[ShyBlueHairedGirl natural blue]] and a single raven-hair, all with huge, variously-colored eyes (most being blue) and very light skin tones - are, in theory, all totally Japanese in ancestry. Passing them off as Americans in the original dub was not ''particularly'' difficult.
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: This happens a number of times with Rei, who is stated to possess psychic abilities and often notices when evil energies are present. This also occasionally happens with Mamoru in the anime, in particular when both he and Nephrite (in his Masato Sanjouin identity) pass by each other and both freeze up from the reaction. On one occasion, Luna also has a strong reaction to being in Jadeite's presence when he's in disguise and she's inside of a basket but not able to see him.
* MysteriousProtector: Tuxedo Mask, Moonlight Knight in the Makaiju arc of ''[=SMR=]''.
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[[folder: Tropes N-S]]
* NewTransferStudent: Makoto, Urawa, Al and En, Chibiusa, the Starlights, and Tin Nyanko.
** In the English dub, Amy is also described as a new transfer student in her first appearance.
* NecessarilyEvil: The Outer Senshi, especially Uranus.
** They [[CharacterDevelopment get]] better in the manga though. Uranus and Neptune not so much in the anime though, as seen toward the end of ''Stars'' where [[spoiler: they KILL Saturn and Pluto out of neccesity.]]
* TheNineties: The franchise has become an iconic action series from the nineties, especially because at the time the idea of an all-female superhero action series aimed at both girls and boys was a novel concept. In the original anime and manga, early 90s fashions, technology, and lingo abound - to the point that later adaptations have had to update aspects of the show to stay contemporary.
* ObstructiveCodeOfConduct: Pluto had three of them: 1: Don't let anyone use the Door of Space time. 2: Don't leave your post at The Door of Space-time. 3: Do not use your powers to stop time. Needless to say, she breaks all three of them.
** Some fanfic authors, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, add: 4. Do not flirt with King Endymion.
* {{Odango Hair}}
* OfficialCouple: Haruka & Michiru, Usagi & Mamoru, Luna & Artemis.
** Chibiusa & Helios, heavily implied.
* OjouRinglets: Neo Queen Serenity, Chibiusa and Chibi Chibi.
* OlderAlterEgo: Early on, Usagi had a pen that let her age up and take on a disguise, such as a reporter, like older, traditional Magical Girls like CreamyMami and MinkyMomo. This was all but forgotten once other girls joined her, except it was used once in the R season.
** Minako has a compact that serves the same purpose in the manga. It first appears in her own manga, ''Manga/CodenameSailorV''.
* OmnicidalManiac: Almost all of the [[BigBad Big Bads]]. In the manga, it's probably due to the fact [[spoiler: that all of them are either the manifestations of the same being - the final BigBad, Chaos - or under its influence.]]
* OneExtraMember: [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Witches 5]] in the third season actually has six members. However, [[SingleMindedTwins Cyprine and Ptilol]] are really the same person manifesting in two different bodies, so it's [[JustifiedTrope justified]].
* OneGenderSchool: Rei goes to a Catholic all-girls school.
* OnlySixFaces: Aside from the hair, most of the girls look alike given the art style.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: The Sol Senshi. (Save the Few who aren't in Highschool/Jr. High: Pluto (college) and Chibi-Usa (elementary school)
* OutGambitted: Sailor Moon, after trying to pull a FakeDefector at the end of the first arc.
** Also the reason for DeadLesbianSyndrome striking Sailors Uranus and Neptune a second time in ''Stars''; they apparently didn't notice Galaxia wearing the very same brand of bracelet that can sustain you even after your star seed is removed.
* OutOfClothesExperience: Pops up often, even remaining in the dub. Like in the transformation sequences, however, nothing explicit is observable. It is particularly relevant at the very end of the final episode of ''Stars,'' Sailor Moon spends the last episode completely naked and with wings on her back.
** And you wonder why that season wasn't licensed until 2014...
* PaperThinDisguise: No-one can tell that the senshi and their normal selves are the same people because they are wearing tiaras. The world must just be one huge IdiotBall.
** Fanon holds that the Senshi have a some sort of magical glamour. This is supported by the fact that even Senshi can't see through them without it being revealed to them: When Uranus and Neptune show up the other senshi spend a number of episodes in the dark about their civilian forms despite having met them. The reverse happens when Pluto shows up in her civillan form the first time, a whole arc after being introduced as a senshi, Usagi needs to be clued in as to who she is at first. The same thing happens between the Starlights and the Senshi of earth, though in the starlights' case they are disguised as men (but with the exact same giant ponytails...)
** Subverted in the R movie by Fiore.
** Keep in mind that most of the normal people who would see both the Sailor Senshi and their civilian identities are usually busy trying not to get killed by whatever's attacking at the moment.
** Of course sometimes its so blindingly and stupidly obvious when the ''[[TooDumbToLive main characters are confused by each other's identities]]'' that a full-on FacePalm is guaranteed, as well as the words EpicFail ripping from your vocal chords. [[http://manga.animea.net/sailor-moon-chapter-7-page-6.html Exhibit A, thankyou manga]].
** Somehow Usagi doesn't recognize a glasses-wearing Jadeite, despite meeting him the previous episode.
** In Chibiusa's debut episode, Usagi mentions that '''she is the only girl in the city with the odango hairstyle'''. Now, take into account that the villains do know about this little fact, considering Zoisite has disguised as her in one episode. The only excuse for the villains to not recognize Sailor Moon in her civilian identity is that they're either blind or dumb.
* ParentalAbandonment: Ami's father divorced and ran out on her mother years ago. Rei's dad is a high-ranking politician who dropped her off at the shrine after her mother died and only sees her for a monthly lunch date. Makoto's parents died some time in the past and she's lived on her own without legal guardians for a while. Uranus and Neptune already live together by themselves for unexplained reasons, and Pluto is a college student when she shows up in present day. Hotaru, on the other hand, is the daughter of one of the key villains in the 3rd arc, and her mother is dead. In the manga, Hotaru lives with the other Outers after her father's death at the hands of the senshi; in the anime, he loses all memory of his villainous activity and raises her until Pluto comes to get her in the last arc; afterwards she lives with the Outers to match up with the manga.
** In the manga, Uranus and Neptune state that they have legal guardians/patrons.
*** Doesn't mean they have ''parents'', though.
** Don't forget, Mamoru's parents died in a car crash when he was six years old.
** And Chibi-usa's situation as well. First [[spoiler: her parents are both sent into a sort of sleep-stasis by the Black Moon clan, and she has to go forward into the future to save them herself. At various points in the R/Black Moon arc it's also hinted that even when they're awake she doesn't see her parents very often, and that Neo-Queen Serenity rarely even hugs or kisses her.]] Then her parents send her [[spoiler: forward into the future]] to be trained as a Sailor Guardian.
* PimpedOutDress: the Moon Princess dress; Neo-Queen Serenity's dress. In the manga all of the planetary princesses have their own pimped-out dresses.
* PlayingWithFire: Rei/Sailor Mars
* PlotRelevantAgeUp: Hotaru, and this was ''after'' she had an age down.
** Notably, however, Hotaru is physically younger after her age-up than she was intially.
* PowerGivesYouWings: Eternal Sailor Moon. Also in the climax of the 4th season in the anime. She jumps off a building to save a falling Chibi-Moon, the two of them collide with Pegasus and then sprout wings. She laters grows wings on her own during her IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight with Galaxia.
* PowerTrio: Sailor Moon, Sailor Mars, and Sailor Mercury for almost half of the 1st season. Also Sailors Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto once the three met up until the revival of Sailor Saturn. And The Amazon Trio. ''And'' the Sailor Starlights.
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* ThePowerOfLove: If you couldn't tell by the heart-shaped compact, the heart-shaped rod, which attacks by hitting enemies with a giant heart, this is what causes her upgrade in S.
** Usagi pretty much ''runs'' on ThePowerOfLove (with a helping of ThePowerOfFriendship) during the whole of the anime. Just watch any of her PluckyGirl moments.
** The dub of the ''R'' movie almost continuously reminds the viewer of ThePowerOfLove, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsVpywRiLb0 especially with that ending song.]]
* PraetorianGuard: The Guardian Senshi (Usagi's soldiers and protectors); the Shitennou (King Endymion's guardians, before they defected to Queen Beryl's side), and the Sailor Quartet (Chibi-Usa's guardians, manga only)
* PrettyInMink: A few furs show up.
* PropheticNames: "Tsukino Usagi" is a Japanese homophone for "rabbit of the moon" (the Japanese equivalent of the Man in the Moon).
* ProtagonistPowerUpPrivileges: Sailor Moon is the first to receive new {{Special Attack}}s and {{Super Mode}}s. In the anime she is also the only one to reach the Eternal Form.
* AProtagonistShallLeadThem: Eternal Sailor Moon/Neo-Queen Serenity, in 1000 years for the rise of Crystal Tokyo.
* ThePsychoRangers: The Ayakashi Sisters, four of the Witches 5, and the Amazones Quartet.
* PublicDomainArtifact: The Holy Grail of course. Said grail is an equal-opportunity P.D.A. however, as it can lead to world salvation (like giving the MessianicArchetype her SuperMode) or TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt (like summoning a BigBad Eldritch Abomination from another galaxy) depending on who wields it.
* PuppyDogEyes: Usagi again
* PutOnABus: Uranus, Neptune, and Saturn (and Pluto to a lesser extent, though she's dead) in ''Super S''; Chibi-Usa and Mamoru in ''Stars''. Mamoru was put on a plane to be exact, a plane which was attacked mid-flight before ever reaching its destination. Lucky for him DeathIsCheap. Chibi-Usa gets caught in a paradox because of this and ceases to exist outside the memories of the Senshi. Even images of her in photos vanish. Only Mamoru's being put on a bus matched up with the manga, though it doesn't kill Chibi-Moon, just makes the future very unstable. She comes back at the end of the manga, but she's almost completely forgotten by the end of the anime.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: A requirement for villianous organizations. The Shitennou (Four heavenly kings) and The DD Girls both from the Dark Kingdom, The Ayakashi Sisters of the Black Moon Clan, The Witches 5 from the Death Busters, The Amazon Trio and Amazoness Quartet, both from the [[CircusOfFear Dead Moon Circus]] in, Queen Badiane's unnamed [[TerribleTrio Q.M.S.]] from [[NonSerialMovie "The Black Dream Hole"]], and the Sailor Animamates from ''Sailor Stars''. Almost all are {{Bishonen}} or [[AmazonBrigade Amazon Brigades.]]
* ReallyGetsAround: Every man on the planet seems to remind Makoto of her ex-boyfriend/sempai.
* RealWomenDontWearDresses: Averted. The girls are reincarnated [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princesses]], their objects of power are things like makeup, jewelry, and sparkly unicorns, and they kick ass in pretty dresses. And this is never PlayedForLaughs.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Massively averted: in the future, Usagi resurrects the advanced civilization of her previous incarnation and changes the world forever.
* {{Reincarnation}}: Everyone in the main cast, except Chibi-Usa and her cat Diana, who are the children of Usagi and Mamoru, and Luna and Artemis respectively.
** In the manga, Pluto reincarnates backwards. She dies in the future, but her soul goes back in time and reincarnates some time period before the plot. She shows up after everyone comes back from said future. So presumably, she's going to wait until she dies in the future, and take her own place. At least this explains why she's not guarding the Time Door. The anime had less explanation of what happened.
* ReincarnationRomance: Usagi and Mamoru. Worded beautifully by Usagi in the manga.
---> ''Even if we're reborn again and again, I know that I'll meet you. And I know for certain that we'll fall in love...all over again.''
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: Moon's first attack is throwing her tiara.
** In Sailor Stars, after she becomes Eternal Sailor Moon and loses her tiara, she throws a frozen pizza instead.
* ResetButton: Used as a plot element at the end of some season-long arcs
* {{Roofhopping}}: Tuxedo Mask is fond of this. As is Minako, who can do it [[EmpoweredBadassNormal untransformed]].
* RulesOfOrphanEconomics: Sailor Jupiter's parents both died in a plane crash. How does a 14 year old survive on her own?
* SailorEarth: {{Fanfic}} is ''crawling'' with these. Indirect {{Trope Namer|s}}. Canonically, there is ''no'' Sailor Earth as Mamoru has the Sailor Crystal representing Earth, and WordOfGod states only women can be sailor senshi.
** Ironically, Naoko Takeuchi actually {{jossed}} the possibility of extrasolar senshi out there during the time the manga took place when it turned out that Sailor Galaxia had killed all of them except for Princess Kakyuu, the Sailor Starlights, and those who had joined Galaxia's side. (The anime, on the other hand, implies that there are others she hasn't killed or converted yet[[spoiler: - also, considering how she goes off to restore the Starseeds to their rightful places once she's purged of Chaos at the end, it may mean that either other Senshi will represent such worlds, or their previous owners will be revived like the ones we saw]].)
* ScienceMarchesOn: Sailor Pluto's [[ByThePowerOfGrayskull transformation call]] sounds pretty silly these days.
* SealedCastInAMultipack: All the main cast members were killed in a great battle and reincarnated in the modern world. While they were't actually "sealed" the show follows the same pattern of tracking them down and unsealing them.
* SealedEvilInACan: Multiple examples.
* {{Sentai}}
* {{Shojo}}
* ShooOutTheClowns: Both straight and inverted.
* ShootYourMate
* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers: Uranus and Neptune can't seem to get through their heads that choosing the more realistic options will only make the end results worse.
* SimpleYetOpulent: The moon queen and moon princess dresses are grand but simple. Also, many evening dresses the girls wear are simple.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Both the anime and the manga featured a great deal of physical comedy with the main characters, with Usagi as the most common victim of AmusingInjuries due to her cowardice in combat and her extreme clumsiness. Ironically, Mamoru, the only man in the least likely to be on the receiving end of slapstick humor (though he wasn't immune). The English dub of the anime censored a lot of it out for the first 65 episodes, though this eased off after the licensor switched.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Obviously on the idealistic end of the scale, very much so in the anime version. There it even actually comes up during mid-combat dialogues between Sailor Moon and at least two of the [[BigBad Big Bads]], but, notably, said [[BigBad Big Bads]] throw their speeches about how the world is rotten and hopeless, when they are BrainwashedAndCrazy/[[DemonicPossession Possessed by an]] EldritchAbomination.
* SoLastSeason: Sailor Moon, without fail, will be defeated and get a locket upgrade within the first few episodes. The other Senshi usually just get a casual MidSeasonUpgrade instead.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: Every new BigBad
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Numerous thanks to the ThemeNaming. Just look around this page for examples, and check the full entry ''there'' for why this page uses the names it does.
* StabTheSky: With scepters, not swords, but still fits this trope.
* StarsAreSouls: The final scene of ''Manga/SailorMoon'' has Usagi placing her hand over her heart and saying a star was just born (her daughter conceived).
** ''Sailor Moon'' anime has an episode where a dreamy astronomy teacher references this trope during a show in which he and Taiki are participating. He believes that people become stars when they die. Taiki gets annoyed and says that stars can only be made by living people. Particularly interesting because in ''Sailor Moon'' a senshi's ''Starseed'' is her essence -- this is what Taiki is referencing in this case. But a senshi can be reborn after death as long as her Starseed intact, so it's effectively the same thing as a soul. So it is a reference to this trope, but with a tweaked meaning.
* StealthHiBye: The Outers have a habit of doing this.
* StoryArc: Five of them.
* StupidSexyFlanders: vis-a-vis Haruka
* {{Superhero}}
* SuperMode: [[MessianicArchetype Sailor Moon]] gets one [[MidSeasonUpgrade during Season 3]] from The [[PublicDomainArtifact Holy Grail]] with which to save the world from evil. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Super Sailor Moon]] came with a butterfly motif, had a stronger version of regular Sailor Moon's attack at the time and usually transformed back into regular Sailor Moon not long after performing said attack. This version has an altered uniform with new hairclips, transparent shoulder guards, etc., but the most noticeable changes are the white skirt with blue and gold trim and [[FrillyUpgrade the long transparent backbows]]. Compare [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fc/Sailor_Moon_%281st_uniform%29.png Sailor Moon]] and [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2b/Sailor_Moon_01.jpg Super Sailor Moon]]. Super Sailor Moon is slightly redesigned in Season 4; the butterfly motif is dropped and Sailor Moon is permanently upgraded to S.S.M. Around the same time Super Sailor Chibi Moon debuted, with the same uniform as Super Sailor Moon except that the blue and gold ''fuku'' is pink and gold instead. The other 8 Senshi get Super Modes later on in the story, but the differences between their old and new uniforms are less notable than those of Sailor Moon/Chibi Moon. (i.e. the other 8 Super Senshi still have the same color skirts, etc.)
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* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Sailor Moon and other cast members frequently make long speeches upon their appearance into combat. They will ''never'' be interrupted... unless the episode is making fun of them for it.
* TeamSpirit: More than few lessons revolve around the value of the group working as a team. There's also a number of times the team's union can power up Sailor Moon into another form or give her a new power.
* ThemeNaming: Several places, including most villains being named after gems; creator Naoko Takeuchi's hometown Kofu, Yamanashi is famous for its gem industry. Also, the Inner Senshi's surnames relate to their planets and/or powers:
** Mizuno (Ami) = Water / Mercury (''Suisei'')
** Aino (Minako) = The kanji used to represent "ai" refers to love. In Japan, the planet Venus is referred to as ''Kinsei'', which literally translates into "metal star." ''Venus Love Me Chain'' and ''Venus Wink Chain Sword'' evoke her planet's association with metal.
** Tsukino (Usagi) = Moon. "Tsukino Usagi" is a homophone for "Rabbit of the Moon" in Japanese. (While the kanji of her name literally translates into "moon field rabbit," ''no'' is also a particle that works much like the English ''of.'') The "rabbit" refers to a Japanese folktale which states that a rabbit lives on the moon pounding mochi.)
*** Chibi-Usa shares the same name as her mother, Chibi-Usa was coined by Mamoru (and the author's Editor Osa-P in the real world)
** Hino (Rei) = Fire / Mars (''Kasei''). Her full name is a Japanese homophone for ''spirit of fire'', similar to one of her attacks.
** Kino (Makoto) = Trees / Jupiter (''Mokusei''). Her powers are actually dually plant- and electricity-based, inspired by the planet's name in both Japanese and English (along with Greco-Roman myth how the oak tree was sacred to Zeus/Jupiter).
** The Outer Senshi (minus one) also have names relating to their roles as Sailors:
*** Ten'ou (Haruka) means "Sky King" a referance Uranus, the ancient Greek sky deity and planet (''Ten'ousei''). "Haruka" means "distant".
*** Kaiou (Michiru) means "Sea King" a referance to Neptune or Poseidon, the Greco-Roman sea god and planet (''Kaiousei''). "Michiru" means "fill" or "overflow", perhaps relating to her water-based powers.
*** Meiou (Setsuna) means "Dark King" and refers to the god Pluto, and by extension, the (former) planet Pluto (Meiousei). "Setsunai" can mean "sad" or "lonely", both of which fit the character.
*** Tomoe (Hotaru) is the OddNameOut, "Tomoe" being a comma-shaped motif popular in traditional emblems. Of course, TheReveal would lose some of its impact if the [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Mad Scientist's Sickly Daughter]] was blatantly named after the one planet that had yet to be represented. "Hotaru" means firefly, which perhaps hints at her true nature. However, her last name does use the same Kanji naming theme using the first character of her planet's name (土) -- it just uses a different reading.
*** A lot of people mistranslate Mizuno Ami as "friend of water", despite the kanji (no) used in most of the last names is "field", and Ami is written with the kanji for second beauty.
*** More like GratuitousFrench, as "''ami''" is French for "friend".
* ThemeTable
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Sailor Moon's improvised speech before the standard InTheNameOfTheMoon always ends in "yurusenai", which means pretty much this.
* TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: Particularly glaring in the first season: it never occurs to the bad guys to collect [[HumanResources human energy]] somewhere they won't be defeated by teenage girls in mini-skirts. Not so glaring in other seasons, where the bad guys were either based in Tokyo from the start, or were exclusively searching for something they knew to be in the area. (On the other hand, one main issue in the manga was that all the active senshi were drawn to town by the Dark Kingdom. No matter where they go, the Senshi would have been compelled to go there. Also, Sailor V fought bad guys in Greece and China in the manga, and England in the anime.)
** Justified, in the manga, the Dark Kingdom says that they have looked all over the world for the Silver Crystal ''except'' in Japan.
** Not to mention that this trope, in-universe, will indeed be taken to word, with the rise of Crystal Tokyo in the future.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment
* VillainTeleportation: Present, but [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with The Witches 5, the only [[QuirkyMinibossSquad QMS]] to ''not'' use this method of transportation. Instead Eudial and Mimette [Not really the other Witches] would leave Dr. Tomoe's lab (using a car and walking, respectively) and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny reappearing aboveground in illogicial locations]] such as a pond or the middle of a furniture store.
* VisibleSigh
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: Moreso in the anime.
* WeAreTeamCannonFodder
* WhatTheHellHero: Haruka and Michiru think Usagi was too soft on Hotaru toward the end of the third season to effectively rule them in the future. And practically force her to prove her qualifications by kicking their asses. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Which she does easily.]]
** In the manga, it was Sailor Moon's turn to chew them out for one count of attempted murder (in connection to their being a LeeroyJenkins and trying to kill Hotaru).
* WingPull: Usagi/Sailor Moon occasionally sprouts wings, and in the Stars arc, Sailor Moon, the Starlights, Princess Kakyuu, and Chibi Chibi all sprout wings so they can [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale fly to the center of the galaxy.]]
* WingedHumanoid: A few monsters of the day, plus Eternal Sailor Moon, the Starlights, Kakyuu, and Chibi Chibi in the manga.
* WinterRoyalLady: The BigBad in the ''Sailor Moon S'' movie and Snow Princess Kaguya arc.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Hotaru/Sailor Saturn in the Death Busters arc, by way of DemonicPossession and [[BecauseDestinySaysSo destiny]].
* TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed: In the manga, we know for certain that [[spoiler: [[TheManBehindTheMan The Evil Behind All Evils]] is not destroyed and one day will return with unimaginable power]] (although there is still hope, thanks to modern-day Usagi). The anime has a more upbeat ending, but [[spoiler: the final BigBad will exist AsLongAsThereIsEvil, so there is always risk of the old nightmare starting anew]].
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Takeuchi Naoko based Usagi's family off of her own. Several of her friends also provided influence on her characters and the setting is a dead ringer for the neighborhood she grew up in.
* XMeetsY: ''Manga/SallyTheWitch'' meets ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' meets ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman''.
* {{Xenafication}}: Considering that it's the TropeCodifier for MagicalGirlWarrior, ''Sailor Moon'' essentially did this to ''the entire MagicalGirl genre''.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Chibi-Usa's pink hair, Pluto's and Neptune's green hair, Mercury's blue hair, and several villains with hair colors. Very few background characters have odd hair colors, with one major exception being Usagi's mother, who has purple hair. Others have colors that are fairly odd for Asians but are normal human colors: Minako and Usagi have yellow hair (Perhaps blond) while Haruka has an actual shade of blond or white in some Manga artwork. Princess Serenity also has white hair in manga art.
** Chibi-Usa's pink hair is actually commented on by several charcters in the manga, remarking that it's clearly not normal, leading to the fanon speculation that everyone else's hair color is for the viewer only and they actually have rather normal hair colors. Takeuchi actually drew a series of images in which the senshi were all given normal hair colors. You realize quickly how difficult it is to identify some senshi without their signature hair...
*** Tricky indeed, but not too hard. [[spoiler: Their signature hairstyles are largely still intact, and Mercury and Jupiter are still packing their signature earrings. Process of elimination handles it from there.]]
*** [[http://mangastyle.net/book4/4-08.jpg Here's the image in question if you're curious.]]
** Half-averted in the live-action adaptation, where the girls only sport their original hairstyles when transformed - in civilian forms, they all have average hair colors and styles (except for Luna in human form). Even Usagi, whose odango are less pronounced and placed at the sides of her head.
* YouHaveFailedMe: This happens rather frequently in both versions.
** In the anime, Queen Beryl offed Jadeite and Zoisite herself for repeated failures and insubordination. Sailor Galaxia killed three of her the four Sailor Anima-mates for this (one of them died on her own). Zirconia dispatched the Amazoness Quartet to remove the Amazon Trio for their failures. Several villains were killed by other villains, but this was usually not for failure or to make a point, but done out of spite, revenge, or power plays.
** In the manga, only Sailor Tin Nyanko was explicitly killed by her boss for failing in her duty. Most of the manga' villains actually die at the hands of the Sailor Senshi, but Jadeite was very close to being disposed by Queen Beryl had he survived his third failure.
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